September 5th, 2005


That was quite a weekend...

First, I'd like to say "Thanks" to everyone who expressed their sympathies for Scratch's passing, either here on LJ or in person. I know it seems almost psychotic to be talking so much about a common freshwater fish, but he was a lot like Jerk (my original Gourami) -- something of the star of the tank and instantly recognizable. So, while I can't say that I treasured Scratch as much as I love Ra, I'm going to miss him when I look into the tank none the less.

So, about the weekend....

The original plan called for roho, enveri and their big fluffy dog to arrive at Z'ha'dum on Friday night. I was a bit late getting home Friday night because I lent a hand ordering automotive parts for my coworker. JD has a 1998 Nissan Maxima that is in need of some serious restorative work -- he has rough idle, problematic brakes, old belts and a host of other "older car" woes that can creep in if proper attention to maintenance is not paid. On the carpool home Friday he lamented how much the work would cost if he took it to the dealer, so I told him to stop at the local auto parts store. I walked him through the basics of where I thought he needed to start, then helped him pick up a Chilton manual and some belts. We'd have gotten some new plugs for it too (they're the original plugs, I have no doubt) but the store didn't have enough of them in stock to do both banks of the engine.

When I got home that evening, I did some chores around the house (threw out some trash, sifted the recycling, did a load of laundry and then a load of dishes) before I collapsed into bed. Being the interim manager for the last week and change at the office has run me completely into the ground (and I do mean I am utterly exhausted by it... being senior engineer is tough, as is being a manager. Being both at once is a sure way to an early grave). All the classic signs are there: I'm irritable (well, more irritable than usual), I'm depressed, I'm sore, I'm antisocial and I'm making poor judgement calls. In light of that I decided an early night in bed wouldn't hurt me and I asked if Roho and Genet could put off their trip down until Saturday. They understood and aborted their escape from the Antioch area. I spent a bit of time that night talking over AIM to yotogi about different things. The clock showed 2200 before I knew it and it was around that point I collapsed in bed.

Saturday morning I got up late (around 10:30 or so in the morning) and took care of the morning chores (shower, feeding Ra, etc) before I got down to business. I'd planned to have an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend with my friends, but I was in for a surprise: I had an enoyable, expensive and somewhat eventful few days ahead of me.

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